So my hubby and I recently were blessed with great family who was willing to watch our kids for 5 DAYS and let us use their timeshare to get some US TIME!!
Do you know what it is like to be able to finish an adult conversation?
Do you know how precious it is to ride together for 5 hours and be able to just talk?
Do you know how relaxing it is to not worry about anyone else's needs for 5 whole days?
Do you know how much fun it is to have a vacation with your husband?
Let me tell you it is AMAZING!!
Did we miss our kids? YES a ton and more times than not we spent time talking about how much they would enjoy seeing or doing what we were doing, but the time to rest recharge rejuvenate relax and reconnect was MUCH needed and APPRECIATED!
Do you know how long 5 hours in the car is when you are driving back to your kids? (Are we there yet?) lol
Do you know how precious it is to see the stunned look on your daughters faces when they see you?
Do you know how sweet there hugs and kisses are when you get back?
Do you know how many conversations there are to have afterwards?
Do you know?
If you don't I pray that you will be able to find out!!
SO how do you do it though? What do you tell your three year old?
We explained that Mommy and Daddy's need time together sometimes too and with the innocence of a child her reply was "OK, I will give you my puppy so you wont miss me too much!"
ANd she did which started the PUPPY CHRONICLES
You have to understand this puppy is M1's favorite animal it is what she sleeps with holds when she is sad etc. But she has 3 of them so she gave us one to take with to snuggle!
Everywhere we went we snapped a picture of "puppy" and sent a quick text to my parents back home so show M1 what puppy was up to! It helped to pass the time and helped us to feel connected though we were apart!
Here are some of puppy's destinations!
Puppy Watching the Ducks at the Condo
Can you find the puppy? Puppy I spy game
Puppy Sharing Breakfast
Puppy Buying M1 some candy at the candy store
Puppy checking out some toys!
Puppy wondering if this was appropriate for a lollipop?
Daddy checking puppy's owie (FYI he had been doctored by M1 before we left - we were keeping an eye on it for her) Just reporting back to the doc
Puppy at the Moose Place
Puppy Taking a Rest after a long hike
Puppy Hiking with Daddy
Puppy sporting some moose horns
And M1 when we picked them up with her sucker, moose ears, and reunited with puppy!
Did we look crazy carrying around a stuffed puppy? Probably!
Did either of us care?? NO WAY!!
This was for us and for our kids!
M2 at this age really wasnt able to comprehend any of this and thank goodness for EXPERT loving Grandparents to make it a fun time for her too!